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By JOE JUDD
Daily News Sports Writer
The Craig Lady Panthers basketball team defeated the Metlakatla Miss Chiefs 34-27 on Saturday morning in the fourth place game of the girls 2A state basketball tournament.
Played in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage, this consolation match was the final game of the season for both teams.
Both offenses struggled to get going in the opening frame, with just 14 points scored in the first quarter combined by Craig and Metlakatla. However, this did not last as the game progressed.
The Miss Chiefs held onto the lead for a majority of the game, maintaining it by a single point going into the fourth quarter.
Not long after the final frame began, Metlakatla relinquished both the lead and its momentum to the Lady Panthers.
Though they didn’t have the advantage for most of the game, Craig was still able to grab difficult rebounds and score baskets when it needed to in order to secure both a victory and a fourth-place finish in the tournament.
Craig shot 40 percent from the field and grabbed 23 rebounds in the win. As a team, the Lady Panthers went 4 for 9 from 3-point range.
Senior Aspen Hansen made two of her four attempted three pointers while her sister Ashley came down with nine rebounds in the winning effort.
With the loss, the Miss Chiefs earn a sixth-place finish in the tournament.
Craig: Pia Dinon 9, Ashley Hansen 8, Aspen Hansen 6, Sara Yates 5, Mary Bolling 4.
Metlakatla: Tegan Guthrie Buxton 7, Victoria Studstill 6, Alexis Russell 6, Uniquea Clark 3, Jocelyn Caspersen 3.